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land, about twenty (German) miles long and ten miles
broad. In Gitschin, six hours* distance from here,
are the emperor and count Metternich; in Opotsclma,
three hours' distance, the emperor Alexander and his
two sisters stayed about a week. I was there two days,
and saw the king of Prussia, who dined with the
emperor. Humboldt was with me. To-day the
emperor has dined here with us in Ratiborzitz with
the duchess, and now returns to Reichenbach. I have
seen him often. Ratiborzitz is the central point
of meeting; here, all last week, Metternieh, Stadion,
and Hardenberg were, together and separately.
Great things have been determined. Humboldt came
with Hardenberg, has fixed himself here, and will
remain till the farther plans are arranged/'
The point where these plans were determined was
Prague, where the peace congress was appointed to
meet on the 5th July, while the allied powers were
debating the plan of the campaign.
The confidence which was reposed in Humboldt^
when he was sent by Prussia as plenipotentiary to the
peace congress in Prague, and the share he subse-
quently took in all the debates, proves how well he
understood to treat the cunning policy of the Viennese
cabinet, and to urge it on without offending it.
Russia sent Herr von Austeth, and Napoleon, the
Duke de Vicenza and the Count de Narbonne, to
treait in Prague ; and Count Metternich represented
the mediating power. The meeting in Prague was
deferred till the 12th July, on which day Humboldt
arrived there. Herr von Austeth and the Count de
Narbonne were there also, but the latter would not
act alone, and the Duke de Vicenza did not arrive till
the 28th. As the French envoys immediately began
to disagree about the form even of the negotiationsy
the allied powers were no doubt right in distrusting
the French emperor's intentions with regard to the
peace. The mediating minister proposed the forma-
lities of the congress of Teschen, where the discussions
only carried on by writing, and through the